living room and guest room intentional obsessions



I’m getting the itch to update the apartment and finish a few projects.

As I mention in the makeunder steps, one of the keys to designing a life with intention involves reflecting and evolving. Which pretty much can be summed up in “contrast your present life with your vision for your space and see what needs to be exfoliated or included.”

When I do that now, I find that though my guest room and living room are “good enough” to keep as they are, they don’t quite have the oomph and polish that I have envisioned.

So I’ve been playing around in my head with different items and changes I’d like to include and exfoliate in each room to complete my vision in real life.


The Guest Room

When it comes to updating the guest room, the major focus of change is bedding and art.




Though I dearly love the look of the rest of the room (as seen in the image at the top of this post and the updated gallery wall), this bedding and art is not communicating the same finesse because it is quite frankly a hodge podge of old bedding from past apartments.

The inspiration for the new look centers around this adorable pillow by Caitlin Wilson.

31.1I love this print and think it would make a great statement for the room.

With this busy pattern in mind, the painting I did most recently on the big canvas above the bed will need to be updated again. This time I’m thinking of trying my hand at doing a soft, white on white concept that could look like a lace pattern… but that I’ll figure out later.

I’ve also contemplated re-covering the headboard with a different fabric temporarily (something from Domesticate, perhaps?), but I may get too lazy to attempt the project since I’m not confident it’s worth changing.

And that duvet, though adorable and prefect for a future daughter’s bedroom, is too different from the new pillow pattern stick around. I’ll most likely stash that for guests and that future daughter.

In the meantime, I’m thinking a simple throw or discounted white duvet cover would work well with my Grandparent’s knobby white coverlet that I adore.


The Living Room

Yes, I admit, I was so afraid of the brick walls in the apartment that I stuck to an intensely neutral color scheme.




Pretty, but even Mr. Lively was asking for a little more color like my previous living room.

Plus, the reality is that the brick ain’t that big a deal, and I can totally inject some colorful pillows and a coral chair (thanks to your help!) for good measure.

I’ve wavered back and forth on the right pillows to add to the couch. Right now I’m leaning towards another Caitlin Wilson pillow combo in coral.




So nice. And perfect for a summer look. I’d love to have this cheerful pillow combo for the spring/summer and the current, more neutral look for the winter.




And then there’s the chair. I love him dearly, but he is not going to be cheap to reupholster. So until we have the funds, I’m waiting patiently for his new outfit.

Now, I gotta go have a chat with Mr. Lively about my ideas…


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  1. Brittany

    Love your place Jess, its so fresh and inviting!

    1. Thanks! I can’t decide if I want to paint the not-so-great wood finish or have it re-stained. But the coral is a no brainer. : )

  2. Ffion

    Love that “be present” picture in the top image! Looks like there’s some interesting changes ahead 🙂

      1. Ffion

        You’re welcome! Thanks for the link, I’ll be checking out their stuff!

  3. Richele

    Wow love all these ideas! I love the pop of coral! Wonderful work Jess 🙂


  4. That’s so great! I don’t know that I have it in me to do the re-staining myself, so I’m a bit jealous at your talent and money savings in that department for sure!!

  5. Andrew John

    I love your sense of style and color! The spring and summer pillow combination is so refreshing and gives one a summery feeling at one go! In fact the living room’s neutral look that you have given is so classy and wonderful. The cushion with Great Lakes Chicago written on it, defines the look so well. It makes the entire place stand out. You could consider picking up some accessories from for your projects as well.

    1. Thank you so much, Andrew! I’m happy to hear you like the living room and the new pillow combo!

  6. Kate

    Hi Jess! Where did you get the three panel art piece behind your sofa? Can you take pictures of it up close? I need something just like that above my bed!

    Thank you!

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